We flew from Tbilisi (Georgia) to Munich, Munich to Newark, NJ, and finally to San Jose, CR. A 40 hr. voyage with time in Newark to have a great visit with my sisters, Julie & Gina who come just to see us for a few hours. I’m not sure how we were awake and still functioning. We arrived in CR late at night so went quietly to bed. The fun began about 7:15 the next morning when Kylan knocked on the door and greeted us with big hugs. What a tremendous feeling! Auden was awake already but he didn’t know us so we warmed up to each other gradually.
Family time was our intention and we had lots of it. Everyday we walked Kylan to school and went to get him at lunch time. That gave us mornings to spend letting Auden get to know us. We read lots of books, played with baskets of toys, watch him zoom on his little bike and explore his neighborhood. It didn’t take long to connect. When A. went down for a nap we had lots of time with K. Both boys are adept at the Ipad and loved sitting with Grandpa to find new games, practice the alphabet or listen to Thomas the Train stories. We took walks, went to the park, took K. to swimming and gymnastics, and did lots of bike riding. We spent one day at the beach playing in the surf (which was very warm) and digging in the sand. Both the boys are going to be great swimmers!
Enjoying some of the foods we missed so mcuh was such a treat….Steve’s great pancakes, sandwiches, pastas, even cereal was delicious with bananas and strawberries. We had a personal tour of the Peace Corps office in San Jose. And the new supermarket at AutoMercado was beyond temptation and full of delicious things to eat. We also were able to visit PriceSmart ( a big box membership store) where we purchased new sheets for our bed and some huge bags of dried fruit. We had a fun day at the BioPark where we explored some animal habitats that support environmental concerns and finished with lots of energy in the playground.
Stephen and Dana took a leisurely night away from home with us there which they enjoyed. As our time was winding down, Stephen had to leave on a business trip to the Maldives for “17 sleeps” as K. would say. We had such a good visit but, at last, it was time to return to our work in Georgia. We left on Sunday, January 20, early in the am before little boys were awake. That makes leaving just a smidge easier on Grandma. We landed back in Batumi, as planned, on January 21st …..tired souls but feeling so very blessed for this special Winter vacation.
Here are some pictures of our days in Costa Rica.